13 DPO, which is 13 days post-ovulation, is an ideal time to begin picking up on pregnancy symptoms. But what exactly are these symptoms that confirm if conception has been successful?
Read on to know more about how to identify early pregnancy signs you can’t miss!
With intercourse, you did the needful on your part. Now, you are waiting with bated breath to know the status of conception.
Did it happen? Am I really pregnant?
In your anxiety, you may even proceed to take a pregnancy test soon after sex. But testing early, before the signs have started to show, may throw up a negative result, only leading to disappointment.
Well, the good news is, around 13 DPO, you can expect to get some answers. This article explores the changes your body undergoes within two weeks of conception and the 13 DPO symptoms you should be on the lookout for.
At 13 DPO, your body may show pregnancy symptoms like light spotting, cramping, tiredness, nausea, or, as you know, “morning sickness.”
Your body produces higher levels of pregnancy hormones like progesterone and hCG (human chorionic gonadotropin) when you become pregnant, and that’s why you may have these symptoms.
If you don’t experience a single one of these symptoms, it doesn’t mean you are not pregnant. It could be that your hormonal levels are low and need to rise further to produce these symptoms. So, don’t be disappointed.
Getting pregnant can feel like a sport as there are so many things to do at each stage.
If you are on the journey of getting pregnant, waiting for the right time to take a pregnancy test may be nerve-wracking.
Is there even a suitable time to take a test? You have to remember that your body needs to change in specific ways for a home test to work accurately.
Picture this. You have sex with your partner during your fertile window, which is marked around ovulation (when the ovary releases an egg).
Next, you are eager to find out if you are pregnant. But will testing early give you the correct result?
For instance, testing at 4 DPO (days past ovulation) will not give you the answer you want to hear. This is because implantation – when the zygote attaches to the uterus, kicking off pregnancy – hasn’t yet occurred at 4 DPO.
Without the vital implantation process, you cannot expect to know if you are pregnant. Implantation occurs anywhere between 6 to 12 DPO, more commonly between 8 to 10 DPO.
However, further on, some women may begin noticing some pregnancy symptoms. At 8 DPO, for example, signs like morning sickness, light spotting, and breast tenderness may emerge.
Similarly, while some people notice symptoms at 13 DPO, others may not. This is perfectly normal. Remember, all bodies function differently and at their own pace. 13 DPO would be an excellent time to keep an eye out for pregnancy signs.
The following explainer will help you understand the changes you will likely see at 13 DPO.
As we mentioned, bodily changes during early pregnancy will vary from person to person. For many, signs could even begin showing up later or earlier than the normal ten days after ovulation (10 DPO), generally when implantation occurs. Nonetheless, these are usually the 13 DPO symptoms ending in BFP (a Big Fat Positive on your pregnancy test):
Implantation bleeding occurs between day 10 to day 14 after conception. However, this estimate often comes with the time you ovulated. But here comes the tricky part. Your period also happens roughly about the time of implantation bleeding (14 DPO).
This is the simple reason you can easily mistake implantation bleeding or spotting for your period. Although, there are some differences between the two. For starters, implantation bleeding is lighter and short-lived, unlike your period. Here is a guide to know what implantation bleeding looks like.
These changes in your breasts happen thanks to the spiked levels of pregnancy hormones progesterone and estrogen, which increase during this period to support the processes of childbearing.
Along with morning sickness comes a heightened sense of smell and taste to certain odors and foods.
After fertilization and implantation, your body releases high amounts of a hormone called human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG). Its level increases rapidly every 48 hours during early pregnancy and peaks at around 10-12 weeks of pregnancy. These high levels of hCG have been proven to cause morning sickness in some women. hCG is also the hormone that pregnancy tests pick up to show a positive result.
Of course, there are exceptions to the rule, including women with ectopic pregnancies because they have a lower hCG level.
First off, no symptoms at 13 DPO doesn’t mean that you have not yet conceived. Late ovulation or late implantation, in general, could cause late or no symptoms.
Don’t forget that your pregnancy journey is different from another person’s journey. Not all women experience all the symptoms above, but they still come out with a BFP!
But getting a 13 DPO BFP is not a standard measure of confirming pregnancy since the results may vary for each individual. We advise you always to wait to take a pregnancy test a couple of days after your missed period to confirm your pregnancy status.
We recommend waiting to ensure that implantation has happened and your hCG levels are high enough to be detected in a pregnancy test.
If you’ve been following all the tips on getting pregnant to the T, you won’t be ready to take no for an answer, right? But you should know that it is still possible to do everything right and get a BFN (big fat negative) on your routine pregnancy test.
Take a look at how most pregnancy tests work. A typical at-home urine pregnancy test works on the amount of hCG hormone in your urine. If implantation has not occurred, the hCG level will not be high enough to give you a positive result in your blood or urine test.
Although it may sound heartbreaking, don’t lose hope because there’s still a chance of you confirming your pregnancy. It is advisable to retake the pregnancy test after a few more days at home or in your doctor’s office, preferably a few days after your missed period.
Remember that these pregnancy tests rely on increasing hCG levels, which happens only after implantation. Your implantation day may delay more than the standard 6–12 DPO, so retaking a test can help you clear the doubt.